Physicians also say people over age 65 should get the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine every 7 years, while all adults are encouraged to get their yearly flu shot.
Experts suggest adults should get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine if they aren't sure whether they've ever been immunized. Some tests are gender-specific. Most women should get an annual pap smear. This checks for changes in cells that could one day signal cervical cancer. The pap test is -not- intended as a screen for S-T-D's (sexually transmitted diseases).
Women are also encouraged to do self breast self-exams. Beginning at age 40, women should have their yearly mammogram and have their thyroid checked every 5 years.
Men should have a yearly P-S-A test that's the prostate-specific antigen blood test beginning at age 50. The "PSA" test is a screening tool for prostate cancer.